My first pistol

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by gshunsbergerjr, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. gshunsbergerjr

    gshunsbergerjr New Member

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    I am looking for my first pistol. I hunt and I would like to conceal it also. I borrowed my uncles Sig P229 9mm and I fell in love with it. I have been looking at the Sig P250. I want to carry 9mm and have a 40 cal when I hunt. I am also on a small budget. What is everyones thought on this? What size frame should I get. Are there any other firearms that my fit my needs? Thank you
     
  2. ZOMBIESLATER

    ZOMBIESLATER New Member

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    Sig is a damn good gun...But deffinatly go to your local gunshop and put a few others in you hand to see what size fits you the best...I personaly carry a Glock 23, its a midsize .40 cal. I just didnt like the subcompact cause my pinky finger hung off the bottom and the fullsize was just too big to have tucked in my waist line. Bottom line you can't go wrong with a glock...Go check out some of some torture test on youtube.

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  3. Firearms4ever

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    I recommend you got to some local shops and check out their inventory. Some things to look for include how it feels in your hand, the trigger, features you're looking for/want, and caliber. My usual recommendation for a new shooter is to start out with a 9mm and see how it goes from there. For a new shooter I also recommend the Ruger SR9c, because it has several saftey features like the thumb saftey, magazine disconnect, and loaded chamber indicator. However you need to find what feels the best to you. For me it doesn't matter if I can't put my pinky on the grip, as a matter of fact I never use my pinky to grip something except for a rifle or shotgun.
     
  4. IGETEVEN

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    Good advice as quoted by above.

    You need to find the right fit from your new gun.

    So, like nice breasts in your hands, you need to touch, hold, caress and feel some!


    ;)
     
  5. sweeper22

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    If you want to have both 9mm and 40sw in the same gun, it's tough to beat a Glock 23 with a $120 Lone Wolf 40-9 conversion barrel.

    Ideally (and probably eventually) you'll want separate guns for differing roles. My choice for a hunting BUG would probably be a 357mag revolver or a 10mm auto. The Glock 20 (10mm) is a popular bow hunting sidearm in these parts, as is the Ruger SP101 (357m).

    The Sig P250 is not a gun I've been very impressed with. I'm not a huge Glock fan either. But usually when you're after a "jack of all trades" gun, it'll be the perfect fit for none of them.
     
  6. gshunsbergerjr

    gshunsbergerjr New Member

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    I looked at Glocks before but didn't care for the grip. It was a little small for me. With the new barrel, I could save some money this route. I could always buy a rubbery or larger grip for it. The least I have found a G23 was priced at $499.99 at buds. Anyone know of somewhere that can beat that? My local stores sell them for $600-700. The G23 is slightly smaller then the compact P250 which is what I like. I never knew about the barrel. I found one for under $100. Thank you. My local shop told me I had to buy a new slide, barrel, and spring if I wanted to convert it and he suggested I would be just better off getting two pistols. I am currently borrowing a 357 mag from someone for when I go hunting. Just wanting my own pistol, which I think pretty much everyone would. Lol.
     
  7. Sao

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    Probably not what you want but you may be able to find one on an auction site I got my glock 23 gen 2 on gunbroker for 300 then with all the fees and taxes came around 350 to 375 did some of my own stipling, with a messed up soldering iron.
     
  8. sweeper22

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    Ideally in a Glock 23 40/9 conversion, you would purchase additional 9mm (G19) mags. But for the most part the 40sw mags seem to cycle through 9mm rounds just fine.

    You will not need a new slide. The 40-9 conversion barrel alone addresses all spacing issues, and the G19 and G23 slides and frames are otherwise the same.

    Go to your local gun stores and make a reasonable offer. $525-550 is reasonable for a new basic Glock 23. Give them a chance to receive your business. If they're unwilling to come down from $600+, check out locally available (private sale) used guns...you might find one for well under $500. And then Bud's is always an option. They will have a list of FFLs in your area, whom the transfer can be directed through.

    Also keep in mind that if you do any work that falls under the vast umbrella of "homeland security" (LE, fire, security, etc...even as a volunteer), there may be discounts available to you.

    I can't believe I'm recommending a Glock. But honestly, it may be the best fit for your criteria.
     
  9. orangello

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    Why would you want a .40sw for hunting?

    I could see carrying a .357 or maybe 10mm auto for hogs and such, but why .40sw in particular? I mean, i am assuming you are talking about a defensive sidearm for use in conjunction with a rifle or shotgun.
     
  10. MrWray

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    Dude, i shot a rhino through the ear with a .40 one time and it fell over dead...didnt even kick
     
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  11. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Are you...I mean could you possibly be...there's no freakin' way; Are you him, ya know The Nuge? :p
     
  12. MrWray

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    Lol, no im that other guy.. Im the guy that shot a charging lion with a ruger 10/22. The bullet only grazed his mane and he flipped 3 1/2 times, landed on his back and his guts came out of his nose :)
     
  13. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Must've been using those CCI mini-mags; they will flat tear a lion up from what i hear.
     
  14. MrWray

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    Yep, thats the ones..lol
     
  15. orangello

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    HoooooWweeee! I've heard they ain't even legal for squirrel huntin in some east coast places; shooo, a good head shot an the jacket coming off will just about skin that tree rat out for ya.
     
  16. MrWray

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    Ive always liked them,i actually have them loaded in my rifle right now
     
  17. gollygee

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    Okay, startin' to get a little deep in here, better go get my high top cowboy boots on! ;)

    Seriously, man on a budget oughta check out the Bersa line of pistols & their 9mm is reputed to be the best of them. No pretty finish on them, but half the price & the finish is not what does the job it's intended to do.

    Break-in consists of clean it, lube it, load it & shoot 13+1 rounds. There, it's broke in! They also have a compact .40 & high cap. .40. My first pistol was the Firestorm Mini .40 (same pistol just different rollmark) for carry. Cleaned & lubed it & shot about two mag loads to get the feel of it, then took my CHL class & fired 50 more rounds without a hiccup. We had to stop & wait a couple of times while folks with their high priced pistols cleared jams.
     
  18. MrWray

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    I know,im full of it :)

    But i agree with going to your LGS and handling several different weapons, i guarantee you that once you do that you will quickly find out which one is the right one.
     
  19. nccinstaller

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    I agree with the idea of the glock. They are very good anything guns. Good for defense, range or anything in between. And when it comes to reliability they go bang every time you pull the trigger. Cant really ask for anything more
     
  20. USMC_Richey

    USMC_Richey New Member

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    I don't believe it. You wouldn't...